Tuesday, February 10, 2009
When is a job not a job?
IS MICHAEL STEELE NUTS? The recently ordained Republican chairman had me running to volumes of dictionaries with his insistence that a government job is not a job but "work". I had long believed - and still do - that anybody on a payroll at public expense may be considered one who is employed by the government, i.e. a job. That would include safety forces in my town, school teachers, college professors, the important guys who plow and salt the streets in my neighborhood after a snowstorm - even school crossing guards and cafeteria cooks. Steele blitzed the language in the presence of ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who seemed as confused as I am about the isolation of a job from "work". It's a curious way of saying things because one of Steele's first jobs (work?) as chairman will be to clear up charges that his political campaign in 2006 paid his sister $37,000 for catering services that her company never performed.